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When Powerful Men Kill . . .

Musings

Published Date: July 25, 2014
When Powerful Men Kill . . .

Benjamin Netanyahu is not the first politician or government figure to have taken pleasure in murdering innocent men, women and children. There was Ariel Sharon before him. On Sharon's watch, hundreds of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps were killed in 1982. And yet Sharon went on to become Israel's prime minister. The world simply forgot that he was a murderer, just as the world today ignores the criminality Netanyahu is applying in Gaza. Of course, there is the most notorious murderer of modern times in Adolf...

Fiction

Published Date: July 25, 2014
A STORY CAN CURE YOUR AILMENT

A STORY CAN CURE YOUR AILMENT

Shrief told Arif about the Pandooa, the river ghost. Arif laughed, 'How superstitious people are in this village!' Arif lived in the city of Patna. He had been visiting his native village Alipura after five years, where his uncle lived. Shrief, his cousin, a tall, fair Pathan, had spent all his 25 years in this...

Cover Story

Published Date: July 18, 2014
BRAVING THE BUSINESS WORLD

BRAVING THE BUSINESS WORLD

Remember the Harvard University dropout, the guy with the neatly combed hair, a pair of specs and a smile glued to his face? A failed business called Traf-O-Data, his inexperience, endless doubt - nothing could stop this young man from chasing his dream and his passion for computer programming. The result of his...

Special Feature

Published Date: July 18, 2014
COURAGE UNDER FIRE

COURAGE UNDER FIRE

A girl is kidnapped and raped in a posh area of the city. Another is forcibly picked up some steps ahead of a prestigious hotel. A young man gets shot trying to prevent goons from abducting a woman. Another other is threatened at knife point to hand over all his belongings. What is...

Tribute

Published Date: July 18, 2014
The Unsung Hero

The Unsung Hero

It was like the scene of a typical football match recently played by Brazil. Within less than half an hour Chinese players devastated the Indian football team with three goals. The helpless Indian defenders could do nothing to prevent the fast and furious Chinese strikers. In the dug- out, six feet tall man with a stout physique was seeing how his team was being demolished. He was in the Indian team but could not join the match because of an injury. Seeing his team's helpless condition, he requested the coach to take him into the field. He promised the coach that within 15 minutes he would make four goals and...

Cover Story

Published Date: July 11, 2014
HOWDY NEIGHBOUR?

HOWDY NEIGHBOUR?

Be it the technological advancement, or our modern day belief in individualism or simply our fear and hesitation in knowing new people, we often prefer staying out of reach in our neighbourhood. This week the Star explores the beauty of befriending your neighbours and helps you feel at home in your community. In...

Current Affairs

Published Date: July 11, 2014
Be You Ever So High, the Law is Above You

Be You Ever So High, the Law is Above You

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her valedictory speech at the first budget session of the 10th Jatiya Sangsad on July 3, was describing the Awami League's long struggle for the country's democracy. In so doing, she bitterly castigated military ruler Ziaur Rahman for grabbing power violating the constitution after the bloody changeover of August 15, 1975. She also described how General Zia made efforts to legalise his takeover by holding a farcical presidential election which elected him President. She left no stone unturned to portray Zia as a despot.   But Sheikh Hasina, also leader of the House, seemed to have softened her stance on the military takeover when she...

History

Published Date: July 11, 2014
A Hero's Tale

A Hero's Tale

April 18, 1971. A company of freedom fighters took a determined defence position in a village called Daruin to resist the advancing Pakistan occupation army. But everything was not favourable for the freedom fighters. Continuous rain for three days had drenched and damaged most of their ammunition and food supply. Darkened by heavy...

Cover Story

Published Date: July 4, 2014
THE PERMANENT REVOLUTION

THE PERMANENT REVOLUTION

More than a thousand years ago, a social security system was introduced to a semi barbaric desert-faring nation. Firstly out of their barbaric nature they refused to accept it, but when they opened their heart and started to practice it, it transformed their war torn society into one of the most civilised and...

Current Affairs

Published Date: July 4, 2014
Politics Sans People

Politics Sans People

What made BNP chief Khaleda Zia so desperate to go to a hotel suite where Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was staying during her brief visit to Dhaka? Khaleda was elected prime minister for thrice. Currently, she is leading the BNP, one of the two major political parties in the country. So, it...